I've had severe serotonin and dopamine deficiency from numerous conditions including nutrient deficiency states - notably vitamin B12 malabsorption (severe serotonin deficiency of note!), magnesium, other B vitamins, vitamin D, calcium, zinc, iron, vitamin A..., hypothyroidism, severe insulin resistance, estrogen deficiency, adrenal insufficiency.
There might be some genetic issues in regards to dopamine (father has Parkinson's) because I've done a lot of work trying to get my levels up and I still have symptoms. The info below doesn't list all the symptoms and causes of each neurotransmitter deficiency but it's a pretty good list from Nutritional Healing...
"Serotonin deficiency signs/symptoms:
Obsessive compulsive tendency
Think about the same things over & over again
Self destructive, masochistic or suicidal thoughts/plans
Low self esteem/confidence
Sleep problems/light sleeper
Use these substances to improve mood & relax
Feel worse in and dislike dark weather
Chronic pain (e.g. headaches, backaches, fibromyalgia)
Antidepressants or 5-HTP improve mood
Family history of depression/anxiety/OCD/eating disorders
Serotonin levels may be low due to a combination of genetic and acquired reasons. Serotonin can be raised effectively using either nutrient based therapies or medications. Serotonin is synthesized from the amino acid tryptophan.
Factors which reduce serotonin levels:
PCB’s, pesticides and plastic chemicals exposure
Inadequate sunlight exposure
Tryptophan (precursor) deficiency
Iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, B3, B6, folate & vitamin C deficiency
Genetic serotonin receptor abnormalities
Chronic opioid, alcohol, amphetamine & marijuana use
Human growth hormone deficiency
Impaired blood flow to brain
Insulin resistance or deficiency
Dopamine deficiency signs/symptoms:
Reduced ability to feel pleasure
Flat, bored, apathetic and low enthusiasm
Low drive and motivation
Difficulty getting through a task even when interesting
Difficulty paying attention and concentrating
Slowed thinking and/or slow to learn new ideas
Crave uppers (e.g. caffeine/nicotine/diet soft drinks)
Use these to improve energy/motivation/mood
Prone to addictions (e.g. alcohol)/addictive personality
Low libido or impotence
Mentally fatigued easily and physically fatigued easily
Sleep too much and trouble getting out of bed
Put on weight easily
Family history of alcoholism/ADD/ADHD
Dopamine levels may be low due to a combination of genetic and acquired reasons. Dopamine can be raised effectively using either nutrient based therapies or medications. Dopamine is synthesized form the amino acid tyrosine.
Factors which reduce dopamine levels:
Lead, arsenic and cadmium exposure
Tyrosine (precursor) deficiency
Magnesium, iron, zinc & vitamins B3/B6/C/D deficiency
Excess copper levels
Genetic dopamine receptor abnormalities
Chronic opioid, alcohol & marijuana use
Human growth hormone deficiency"
well hello, mrs jolantro this is ahmed a medical student , may ask u some question dear i understand ur feelings there are some question i wouldlike to ask
do u get panic attacks ? fearful situaions
how about ur mother and father ? are they okay
how is your sleep ?
how is ur exercise ?
you dont have to tell any one your condition but there is a program that can kills depression and minimize it is effect completely
at one point of time i got depression severe enough to make me leave my tutorial sessions and face imressing situations
and if possible tell me about your marriage ?
I really think u should continue to take time for yourself and enjoy relax see if u can seek some counseling for this disorder and remove all bullies from your life